Saturday, August 18, 2012

Just Detention International: end prison rape of adults and children

Just Detention International should especially be supported by Americans, because the US imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. "Every year well over 200,000 adults and children in U.S. detention are sexually abused. In most cases, the perpetrators are corrections staff -- officials whose very job it is to keep inmates safe."

Their mission: "Just Detention International (JDI) is a human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI is concerned about the safety and well-being of all detainees, including those held in adult prisons and jails, juvenile facilities, immigration detention centers, and police lock-ups, whether run by government agencies or by private corporations on behalf of the government. JDI has three core goals for its work: to ensure government accountability for prisoner rape; to transform ill-informed public attitudes about sexual violence in detention; and to promote access to resources for those who have survived this form of abuse."

Charity Navigator Rating gives Just Detention International a 4-star rating.

Related:

Right Wing Group: Protections To Prevent Prison Rape Are Too 'Costly' And 'Heavy-Handed' | ThinkProgress

Is the US the only country where more men are raped than women? | Jill Filipovic | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk